The truth is that this struggle could end tomorrow if only Peabody and Arch would do the right thing and own up to the promises they solemnly made to our members many years ago.
But I'm not holding my breath.
The UMWA has filed a suit in federal court in Charleston alleging that they violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by illegally dumping their contractual obligations.
That, along with continued and increased public condemnation of Peabody and Arch's moral bankruptcy, is the path to eventual victory in our fight for fairness and justice.
Our retirees took less in wages while jeopardizing their health and safety for decades to make these companies profitable - in return for a promise that they would receive health care when they need it most. So have thousands of active miners working for Patriot today.
For their sakes, we cannot and we will not allow this wholesale betrayal to stand.
Caputo, D-Marion, is majority whip in the House of Delegates. A coal miner, he is District 31 International Vice President of the United Mine Workers of America.